Evsey D. Domar papers, 1939-1995, bulk dates 1957-1989

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Domar, Evsey D.
Evsey Domar (1914-1997) was the Ford International Professor of Economics, Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This collection documents his professional life through his correspondence, research, writings, and teaching. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
27.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes and one oversize folder.)
Material in English.
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This collection consists chiefly of professional correspondence between Domar and his colleagues, with smaller groups of materials consisting of writings; research materials; printed materials; speeches and lectures; and course materials relating to Domar's teaching career. Although Domar was interested in a wide range of subjects in the fields of economics and political science, the papers in this collection chiefly address his work on serfdom and slavery, particularly in Russia; the economics of socialist systems of government; the economics of agriculture; and theories of productivity and efficiency. Other minor topics include macroeconomics; the economies of Yugoslavia and Lithuania; value-added tax systems; economic development, and growth in general, and the American economy.

The Correspondence series consists of professional correspondence concerning recommendations, papers, publishing, trip planning and reports, invitation responses, and other academic affairs. Frequently Domar exchanged comments on papers and other writings with fellow colleagues and former students. Important correspondents include Don Patinkin, Mark Perlman, Allan Brown, Alexander Gerschenkron, Lauchlin Currie, Alvin Hansen, Joan Robinson, and many others.

The Research series contains papers documenting Domar's research on serfdom and slavery (particularly in Russia); productivity and efficiency; value-added taxes; and other topics. Several papers discuss the economies of Yugoslavia and Lithuania. Includes many graphs and tables relating to Domar's published and unpublished work. There are very few papers by other individuals.

The Printed Material series is made up of mostly hardcover books from Domar's personal library. Most are editions or translations of his own published works, but there are several works by other authors. Includes microfilm of 1904 Russian work on unknown subject matter, and 1980 translation of 1861 Russian work on serfdom in Russia.

The Teaching series contains lecture notes and other materials related to Domar's extensive teaching career in economics. Two notebooks from 1939 and 1940 reveal aspects of his student years

Biographical / historical:
Date Event
1914, Apr. 16
Born in Lodz, Russia (now Poland) as Joshua Domashevitsky
BA, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Mathematical Statistics, University of Michigan
MA, Economics, Harvard University
Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
(with R. A. Musgrave) "Proportional income taxation and risk-taking," Quarterly Journal of Economics
Married Carola Rosenthal
Assistant Professor of Economics, Carnegie Institute of Technology
PhD, Economics, Harvard University
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago and Research Associate, Cowles Commission
Associate Professor of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University
Director of Russian Studies, Operations Research Office, Johns Hopkins University
Consultant, Rand Corporation
Consultant of Foreign Studies, Research Fellowship Program, The Ford Foundation
Professor of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University
Consultant, Brookings Institute
Published essays in Theory of Economic Growth
Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Editorial Board, American Economist
Consultant, Institute of Defense Analysis
"The Soviet collective farm as a producer cooperative," American Economic Review
Consultant, National Science Foundation
"The causes of slavery or serfdom: a hypothesis," Journal of Economic History
Ford International Professor of Economics, MIT
Editorial Board, Journal of Comparative Economics
Retired from MIT
Capitalism, Socialism, and Serfdom
1997, Apr. 1
Died in Concord, MA
Acquisition information:
The Evsey D. Domar papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts between 1997-1998.
Processing information:

Processed by Sandeep Mody and Paula Jeannet, December 1999.

Encoded by Paula Jeannet and Lisa Stark.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1997-0081 and 1998-0458.


The Evsey D. Domar papers are arragned into four series: Correspondence, Research, Printed Material, and Teaching.

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